I can group all artworks roughly into three categories. The good ones, ranging from interesting to masterpieces, the bad ones, ranging from boring to disgraceful, and the could-have-beens. The latter category includes those works that could have been amazing, but in truth, they are bad. Revelation Space is a could-have-been.
All Systems Red is a refreshing scifi novella that surprised me in so many ways. First, I have to admit that I’m a huge lore nerd. I love reading pages upon pages about how every single thing works and functions in a given setting, stories of how the state of the world came to be, past stories about the characters, and so on. All Systems Red contains 0% of these while managing effortlessly to present a captivating story. Secondly, I would never have thought that I would feel be so profoundly connected with a socially dysfunctional (murder)bot.